conflate

Conflate is a more formal way to say "mix together," and it's typically used for texts or ideas. You probably wouldn't say you conflated the ingredients for a cake, but if you blended two different stories together to make a new one, conflate would work.

The verb conflate comes to us from the Latin word conflare, which literally means "to blow together." So think of using this word when you want to talk about two things getting thrown together and combined. Things that have been conflated often seem mixed up or confused. In fact, this word is also now sometimes used to mean "confuse or mix up."

Definitions of conflate
  1. verb
    mix together different elements
    synonyms: blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
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    gauge
    mix in specific proportions
    absorb
    cause to become one with
    meld, melt
    lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
    blend in, mix in
    cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)
    accrete
    grow together (of plants and organs)
    conjugate
    unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
    admix
    mix or blend
    alloy
    make an alloy of
    syncretise, syncretize
    become fused
    cut in
    mix in with cutting motions
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  2. verb
    mistake one thing for another
    synonyms: confound, confuse
    blur, confuse, obnubilate, obscure
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    confuse, jumble, mix up
    assemble without order or sense
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    misidentify, mistake
    identify incorrectly
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